Troy University to observe International Education Week Nov. 12-17

Students display flags from their home countries during the International Parade of Flags held prior to TROY's football game against Idaho.

Students display flags from their home countries during the International Parade of Flags held prior to TROY's football game against Idaho.

A series of events, including the International Student Cultural Organization’s annual festival, will take place at Troy University next week in observance of International Education Week.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

TROY serves more than 800 international students, is home to Alabama’s only Confucius Institute with a statewide mission and has a growing study abroad program that annually provides students with opportunities to immerse themselves in other cultures around the world.

“The week-long series of events provides Troy University an opportunity to share its unique international initiatives with faculty, students, staff and the general community,” said Maria Frigge, associate dean of international student services. “We want to bring a special focus to global concerns, campus cross-cultural talents and resources, study abroad opportunities and international academic opportunities.”

A lunch allowing faculty/staff to connect with Chinese students will be held in the Civic Room of Trojan Dining, beginning at noon on Monday, followed by the presentation “Revolution and Memory: The Centennial of the Russian Revolution” at 1 p.m. in Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall and the “India Study Abroad” photography exhibit by Morgan Williams in the International Arts Center, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The International Rotary Luncheon will be held on Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. in Sartain Hall, followed at 3 p.m. by a panel discussion on study abroad opportunities to be held in room 119 of the Trojan Center.

The “Tastes of the World,” featuring samples of food and drink from around the world, will be held on the Social Quad on Wednesday, beginning at 11 a.m. Also on Wednesday, international students will offer the opportunity for others to learn phrases from other languages at 2 p.m. in room 119 of the Trojan Center.

On Thursday, a panel discussion addressing culture shock and culture success will be held at 3 p.m. in room 119 of the Trojan Center, featuring input from international students and members of the TROY faculty.

The annual ISCO Festival will round out the week’s activities, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. The festival will include international food and entertainment by TROY’s international students. Tickets for the festival are $10 for students and $15 for adults and are available in the International Programs office in Hawkins Hall or from an ISCO member.